Oklahoma Teacher Walk Outs

Teachers from many schools in Oklahoma have been walking out due to the lack of funding being provided to the schools.

Oklahoma teachers protesting in the Capitol – photo courtesy of getty images

I myself am from Oklahoma and have experienced firsthand what it is like to be in a classroom in the Oklahoma school system. There are very few new things, there are text books that are not updated for decades and very few new desks. The walkout is a very real action for students that were effected.

Many of my teachers from high school have participated in the walkouts that have been occurring. They went to the capital and protested to make Governor Fallin sign a bill that will give money back to the schools. The bill will also give the teachers the raise they deserve. The teachers in Oklahoma have not received a raise in more 9 years. They make one of the lowest teacher salaries of all 50 states.

Teachers from my high school have been walking out for 2 weeks now. School has been cancelled and kids are going without educational growth, because the state will not allow the teachers the money they deserve and the money that will give the students an advancement in their education. There are many students, in the Oklahoma school system, have been complaining about not being able to complete lessons, but still having to take tests on the assigned date, even when they are not in school. Teachers need more money, that is not something that they should be deprived of, since they are teaching vital knowledge, and they should not have to protest in order for the governor to see that.

Oklahoma teachers strike ends at the Capitol – photo courtesy of nytimes.com


Oklahoma teachers ended their walkout April 12 after winning raises and additional funding. Saying it had achieved all that it could with a walkout, Oklahoma’s largest teachers’ union on Thursday called for educators to return to the classroom and to shift their efforts to supporting candidates in the fall elections who favor increased education spending. At a news conference, Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, characterized the nine-day walkout as “a victory for teachers,” even as it fell short of its goals  (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/us/oklahoma-teachers-strike.html).

  • Alia Calhoun / April 2018 / HLGU Vanguard

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